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Canon General / Re: How To Water Proof?
« on: April 02, 2014, 03:34:45 PM »
As one who has made a career photographing from water, I know from costly experience there is no way to be "totally waterproof". But, you can vastly improve your odds if you take a few precautions.
The hard plastic case (Pelican or similar) is one of the best solutions, but, as pointed out, is probably too bulky to be useful when kayaking. Same goes for what I usually use, a large cooler, in which I fit two or three bodies and a few long lenses.
I also kayak quite a bit and, when I do, I use a dry bag. While it would be smaller than a case, I'd make sure it was large enough that your equipment could be quickly taken out and stowed inside. (Not sure what is worse, missing that important shot because you didn't get to your camera fast enough or ruining it because you couldn't put it back before the big splash.)
Before you set out, I would make certain that your dry bag is truly dry. I'd run a test each time you use it, without any gear, just to make sure the all the seams hold and there are no pinhole leaks. It might have worked fine the last time, but setting the bag down on a rough surface, like rocks or gravel, even a small piece of class hiding in what you thought was a safe spot, can cause a puncture (likely one you can't see, but will still let water in).  Also, avoid quick changes of temperature, as taking the bag from warm to cold, or even cold to warm, yields condensation.
Just to be extra safe, carry a towel in the bag as well, and use it to wipe up any moisture before it has a chance to find its way to your gear.
And, one more thing, make sure your bag is well-sealed, so give it at least three turns.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:49:07 PM »
I didn't release the names of the winners from the last contest, there was an issue previously and I've chosen to keep peoples names private.

I wish we had heard some time back that there were winners, as well as a general congratulations to all who had participated. Guess I'm old-fashioned in this regard, but I still appreciate an acknowledgement.
Don't get me wrong, I really like the guys at Gura Gear. They make some great products, but, if they'd they been a little better in communicating, they'd be seen as a class act.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 03:37:51 PM »
We should all be rewarded with a nice bag from gura for our patience.
I should think it would be invaluable PR for Gura if they rewarded everyone who participated in their last contest with a nice bag. After all, we've been patient! (Well, most of us!)
With only about three dozen entries, it shouldn't cost them all that much. And, all the favorably publicity for them, as that ad goes... priceless!

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Uinta Bag System Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:52:13 AM »
Great products here, so I'll gladly give this a shot. I'm on another trip overseas later this spring and really could use something like this.
Of course, I'd still look to hear who were the winners from their last contest.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:48:09 AM »
Nice to see that Gura Gear is holding another contest. They make fantastic products and it's great they give us one more chance to win some.
Of course, I'd still like to hear who were the winners last time. (Full disclosure: I have a horse in that race!)

LOL - Everyone wants to be Annie Liebovitz :)  Her BTS videos show an impressive amount of assistance, but then again, her works speaks for itself.
There must be something wrong with me. I never wanted to be Annie. I wouldn't mind some of her clients, though!

Having worked as a photographer almost my entire adult life, I've run across a few of the most famous, several more near-famous and a good many who thought they were.
I started out in photojournalism, back in the pre-digital days. Perhaps because of my chosen path, the ones I considered at the top still processed their own film and made the final prints. I'm sure this shaped my views, that those who were the best earned their reputations the hard wayand mastered every aspect of their craft. To not do so was considered taking a shortcut and avoiding paying their necessary dues.
Even when I became one of the best in my specialty, I've almost always had to do all the work. It's still true to this day, perhaps even more so with digital publishing, market convergence and shrinking corporate photography budgets. This is probably why I have the most respect for photographers who still carry their own bags.
Yet I'll concede, in certain areas of photography, we can't all be one-man bands. Some disciplines require a group effort and great team skills. I know there are a few photographers who have achieved well-deserved fame, even when they do only a portion of the work. But, I'd like to think they earned their status because they can see the big picture and effectively communicate their vision to others.   

Unfortunately, I've found too many whose mark of greatness seems to be solely self-proclaimed. The more elaborate their set appears, the more subordinates running around, all the better. But, they seem to have mastered no more skill than that of the famous American, Tom Sawyer, convincing others to pay to work for them, at best.  And, at their worst, charlatans and truly great... frauds.

The sensor is still the one thing that bugs me the most. It's not even m43 sized. It's TINY.  If Canon were able to do this with an APSC sensor it would be an incredibly impressive camera.
Even better if they were to put it into a weatherproof, drop-proof and water-resistant body.  Now, that would be something I'd seriously look into.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:25:33 AM »
My first experience with B&H was almost 20 years ago. I was changing trains in Penn Station, had a couple hours to kill and wandered into their location. Talk about a kid in a candy store!
Since then I've made several visits back and probably ordered from them close to a hundred times. There was only one occasion I ever had an issue, and they resolved it quickly, easily - and cheerfully. So, I have no hesitation on doing business with them and have recommended the place to probably a couple dozen acquaintances and friends.
I've had far fewer experiences with Adorama. Perhaps it's because I've never been in their store. But, on the times I have bought from them, I've never been disappointed, either. Now, after reading Helen's posts and learning about the lengths she goes to for customer satisfaction, I realize this company has an extraordinary asset. I'm sure they will be seeing a good bit more of my business.

Landscape / Re: give us a wave
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:45:33 AM »
A nice wave for you from Maui. Mahalo!

I can't help thinking the idea behind the original question is very valid and mature. To me it makes more sense than all the fuss about multi mega pixels.

But ....... I'm an engineer and I don't think like a marketing person.

I think your idea would be a good camera but don't hold your breath.

As others have said a 6D is probably as close as you will get.
I was trained as an engineer and probably think a great deal like you.
I guess that's why I'm holding onto a couple 1D Mark IIIs!

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 08:06:26 PM »
In the last couple months, I've bought a 500mm F:4 IS and a couple 1DS Mk IIIs, along with a 1D Mk III and 300mm f:4 (just for backup). In addition, I've acquired a PIXMA Pro-100 printer and a 9000F Mark II scanner. And, a 17mm TS-E is on order!

I, too, have a bad case of GAS!

Lenses / Re: what lens's to bring to Hawaii?
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:27:17 AM »
My vote is for the 17-40 and 70-200. I know the latter is a brick to lug around all day, but I'm betting you'll find you'll use it as much as anything, especially when you want to capture details.
A good bit of what the 24-70 can do is covered by your wide angle and, given that you have a 5D3, what isn't can likely be cropped with little loss in quality.
Maybe it's the way I look at things, but I find the usefulness of a 50mm overrated. I thought I'd give the look another chance and bought one three months ago, only to sell it a few weeks later.
Almost everything the 85 does can be done with your 70-200, unless you're working in near total darkness and can't bump the ISO up another stop.
I'd also pass on taking the 100mm macro unless you plan on taking close-ups of near everything.

To give you some perspective, I was in Hawaii three years ago and took about 1800 shots. Most everything was taken with two zooms, one wide and one long. Less than 5% of the images fell between 40mm and 70mm, and I'm pretty sure I would have been just as happy with them had I not brought my 24-70 along.
One thing I would add would be your 1.4 x, a most useful addition to your 70-200 when you need a little extra reach. My 300 was carried most places I went and was used on all but two days out of ten. 

Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:36:31 AM »
Hmmm... aren't you guys getting a little behind in your work?  ;)

Street & City / Re: Let's have a zen moment
« on: February 11, 2014, 10:37:19 AM »
 Click, surapon and weko... thanks for your kind words!

My work takes me on the water probably a hundred days a year, so I've seen similar images throughout my career.  In recent years I've found myself taking increasingly more photos like this, perhaps searching for my zen moments.

As for the blue lines in the water, they are the reflection of the relatively dark sky behind me. The pink, obviously, is from the sky color above the just-set sun.

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